Large screen smartphones are becoming popular, and most of the brands are looking for 5.5 inches to 6.0-inch screen size devices. But some of the users are looking for smartphones with even larger screen size, 5.7, 6.0 inches or more.
Apple restricted itself for quite long and made 4-inch smartphones, but things changed with the iPhone 6 and 6Plus. Samsung has been making large screen devices with the popular Note series.
Based on the popularity and user reviews and feedback 5.5 inches and 6.0-inch smartphones are becoming more mainstream. Users spend a lot of time reading text on the screen, a larger high-resolution Full HD (1080P) or 2K Quad HD display means less eye strain and more easily readable text.
Also watching movies and playing games are a delight on the large smartphones, and usually these come with large battery back up too. A lot of new phones are now coming with the 18:9 or 19:9 aspect ratio with the bezel-less display.
The only major con is they are difficult to use, are bulky and awkward to keep in the jeans pocket. If you can live with that here are the ten mobiles you can look forward to purchasing in 2018.
Let’s start with the Xiaomi Mi Max which is one of the most affordable large display mobile.
Xiaomi Mi Max
Xiaomi Mi Max debuted in May 2016. The device flaunts a 6.44 inch IPS LCD multi-touch screen display. It offers Full HD (1920*1080) pixels resolution at 342 ppi pixel density. The Mi Max starts at a price of 14,999 in India.
Powering the phone is a Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor and Adreno 510 GPU. There is 3 GB of ram, and it comes with 32/64 GB options of internal storage.
Mi Max packs a 16 MP primary snapper which manages to capture good quality images. On the front, lies a 5 MP shooter to take decent selfies. This handset runs on Android 6.1 Marshmallow and is powered by 4850 mAh humongous battery to keep you going all day long. There is a fingerprint scanner at the back of the device.
It measures 7.5 mm in thickness and weighs 203 grams.
Also, this device packs dual sim (3G/4G LTE / VOLTE), Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, IR Blaster, OTG cable support. Sensors include proximity, accelerometer, gyroscope & ambient light sensor.
Overall It is one of the best battery life smartphones, and also comes with the great display and very powerful processor.
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus (latest Addition)
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is on sale starting 8th November 2016. This handset comes with a large 6.40-inch touchscreen display offers a Full HD resolution (1920*1080) pixels which results in 344 ppi pixel density.
The device is powered with an Octa-core MediaTek MTK8783 processor and is supported with 3 GB Ram. This phone offers 32 GB internal storage and can be expanded up to 128 GB via micro SD card.
Coming to the cameras section, on the rear, it has a 13 MP shooter, and at the front, there is an 8 MP snapper. This large phablet runs on Android 6.0.1 OS run with a huge 4050 mAh non-removable battery.
It measures 9.60 mm in thickness and weighs 218 grams which are quite decent for the display size.
Connectivity features include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFS, 3G/4G. Sensors include the gyroscope, proximity, accelerometer, ambient light sensor. This device is available for a price of Rs. 14,999.
Sony Xperia XA Ultra Dual
Sony launched it’s big display mobile, Xperia XA Ultra Dual in May 2016. This phone boasts a 6.0 inch IPS LCD Capacitive touch-screen with a Full HD resolution (1920*1080) pixels resulting in 367 PPI pixel density. The display comes with scratch-resistant glass.
This device runs on Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow and is upgradable to Android 7.0 Nougat. Sony Xperia XA Ultra is powered by an Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755 processor and Mali-T860MP2 GPU. This smartphone offers 3 GB of Ram to ensure lag-free user experience.
The Sony Xperia XA Ultra has 16 GB internal memory and can be expandable up to 256 GB through SD card. Cameras include an amazing 21.5 MP sensor with a f/2.2 aperture which is sure to impress (Sony make one of the best camera lenses), and at the front, there is a high resolution 16 MP Shooter to take stunning selfies.
This smartphone includes all modern connectivity options like Wi-Fi, 3G/4G LTE, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB 2.0 port. XA Ultra is supported by a non-removable 2700 mAh battery which can be a setback for hard-core users, although Sony claims it is highly optimized to offer all-day usage. The Sony Xperia XA Ultra has a price of Rs. 27,400 in India.
Samsung Galaxy A9 2016
Samsung Galaxy A9 is released on 24 December 2015 and is a high-end mobile from Samsung with 6.0-inch display. Smartphone has Full HD resolution and comes with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4.
The gorgeous Super AMOLED display comes with 2.5 D curved glass for better reading and viewing experience.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa-Core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz and comes with 3 GB of Ram. The internal storage is 32 GB, and you can also add a 128 GB SD-card.
The smartphone comes with a home button mounted fingerprint scanner. It runs on the Android Lollipop 5.1 OS along with the touch wiz UI.
The smartphone comes with a massive 4000 mAH battery capacity to ensure you don’t need to charge more than once a day.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 has dual sim support and offers 4G LTE connectivity along with 3G and 2G support.
The smartphone is yet to go on sale but is expected to launch early 2016. No details for the price is known, expected around 30K ($500).
Qiku Q Terra
Qiku Q Terra may sound strange, but the smartphone is a real head turner and comes with Dual Rear camera setup.
Moreover, Qiku is a smartphone brand from Coolpad and Qihoo 360. It comes with 6.0-inch display and with Full HD resolution with 380 PPI. Smartphone display is protected by the Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.
Powering the device is the Snapdragon 808 Hexa Core processor, which is really fast for doing any type of multi-tasking or gaming on the device.
It is equipped with 3 GB Ram and comes with 16 GB of storage with expandable capacity of 128 GB. The phablet also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner to offer faster unlocking and better safety to the device.
Qiku Q Terra comes with 360 OS on top of the Android Lollipop which offers good user experience. The smartphone is equipped with a large 3700 mAH battery capacity to ensure all-day usage.
Qiku Q Terra’s highlight is the Dual 13 MP camera setup; both rear cameras come with 13 MP lens to offer excellent image quality. It also has an 8 MP rear camera.
Overall a good 6-inch display smartphone and the best part is it is priced at Rs. 19,999.
Moving to the next smartphone in the list which is also a recent entrant to the Indian mobile arena.
Letv is the new brand which is going to start operations in India from 5 Jan 2016, and are likely to launch the Le Maxx a large display smartphone at a very affordable price. The revelation was made by Letv during a bloggers meet in Bangalore recently.
Le Maxx is quite popular in China and comes with a really large 6.33-inch screen size, with Quad HD resolution (2560*1440) with 464 PPI.
The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor clocked at 2.0 GHz and comes with 4 GB RAM.
The Le Maxx comes with different variants with 32 GB / 64 GB and 128 GB storage. The smartphone has Dual Sim support and runs on Android Lollipop OS with EUI customization.
Le Maxx has a rear camera with 21 Megapixel auto-focus lens and also comes with a 4 MP (ultra pixel) front camera to take selfies.
The smartphone has 3400 mAH battery capacity to ensure all-day usage. Le Maxx is quite promising and attractive price can make it a real steal deal.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
This list will not be complete if we don’t add the near perfect yet expensive Samsung Flagship Note 5.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes with top of the line specs powered by the advanced processor Exynos 7420 clocked at 2.1 GHz and 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM.
Samsung Note 5 has a 5.7 inch AMOLED display with (2560*1440)P resolution and 518 PPI. It has one of the best displays which you can get on a smartphone. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 4.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a 16 MP camera with PDAF and OIS, and the front camera is a wide-angle 5 MP shooter.
Smartphone has nano sim support and comes with a front home button mounted fingerprint scanner. The Stylus support makes it more complete if you like to take down the handwritten notes.
Samsung Note 5 has a 3000 mAH battery capacity and is good enough to run all day with Samsung’s energy efficient processor and optimized Android Lollipop OS.
The Note comes with wireless charging and is priced at Rs. 49,000( or $799).
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra (Rs 14,500)
The Xperia T2 Ultra released after the Xperia Z Ultra, and it’s the successor to the Sony Xperia T.
The smartphone comes with an HD 720p display stretched over a 6.0-inch screen. The smartphone now becomes outdated with its Snapdragon 400 and 1 GB of RAM, but if you are just looking for a branded mobile with the large screen, it may fit the bill at an affordable price below 15K.
The phablet comes with a 13 MP rear camera with Sony’s EXMOR sensor, and for the front has a low quality 1.1 MP camera.
Smartphone runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 OS and comes with just 8 GB of storage which can be expanded using a micro-sd card.
The Xperia T2 ultra packs a 3000 mAh battery with Sony’s optimizations the device delivers great battery life which surely lasts a day even on heavy usage.
It may not appeal to you much until unless you are a die-hard Sony fan and want a large screen cheaper Sony mobile.
Oppo R7 plus (Rs 29,990)
The Oppo R7 plus features a Full HD (1920*1080) AMOLED display with a pixel density of 367 pixels per inch, comes with decent color reproduction since it has an AMOLED display.
The phone has metal uni-body which is solid and stylish and quite robust in construction.
Inside the Oppo R7 is a Snapdragon 615 processor and 3 GB RAM. The smartphone comes only in 32GB storage version along with a micro SD slot to expand the memory.
Oppo R7 Plus has a 13 MP camera, and on the front, there is an 8 MP selfie shooter. The Oppo R7’s camera is said to have better noise reduction and low light imaging which is achieved by the additional color component to the main sensor.
The smartphone also has a fingerprint scanner below the rear camera for security and fast unlocking.
The 4100 mAh battery packs a considerable amount of juice to power its large screen for the full day easily.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 (Rs 19,999)
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 is another mid-range smartphone with Snapdragon 400; the Mega 2 has a slightly small screen than its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy Mega.
The display resolution on Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 is 720p (1280*720) with a 6.0-inch display and a humble 245 PPI.
Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with 1.5 GB RAM. For photography, the device carries an 8 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front shooter.
The internal storage space is only 8 GB but has a micro SD slot which accepts up to 64GB
The battery is removable and has 2800 mAh capacity, to last a day on moderate use, the phone also has 4G LTE connectivity for faster data speeds.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega weighs 190 grams and has a single micro sim.
Micromax A119 Canvas XL (Rs 8,999)
Why not include a really low-cost 6-inch smartphone below 10k to our list of top 10 mobiles.
The Micromax Canvas XL is a low budget smartphone and the only one with a 6-inch display below 10K with bearable quality.
The screen packs a low-resolution qHD display (960*540) with 184 PPI, which is a trade-off for the low price tag. The Canvas XL features a simplistic design with curved edges weighs 180 grams and has 10.4 mm thickness.
A Quad-core MediaTek processor powers the coupled with 1 GB RAM. The camera on the rear is 8 megapixels and on the front has a 5-megapixel camera.
For storage, the device includes mere 4 GB of internal with a micro-SD slot which can be used to add 32 GB micro-sd card. The smartphone includes a 2450 mAh battery. For connectivity, the device includes 3G and EDGE.
I also recently wrote about the best 10 Excellent Full HD Display (1080P) Phones and also about the 8 Incredible Quad HD 2K Display Mobiles Worth Buying, could be a worthy read.